Central Arizona DX Association
We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 130 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 2nd, at the PERA Club. Our speaker will be Fred, NA2U, talking about his operations over the past few years from the Big Island of Hawaii.
Fred has operated both as KH6/NA2U running pile-ups as well as making thousands of QSOs and big scores as KH7M in the ARRL DX Contests. Both have been from the well-equipped station of Max, KH6ZM.
As always, you are welcome to arrive early to socialize. The meeting and presentation will begin around 7:00 pm.
Our annual club BBQ turned out to be an historic evening with perhaps the largest gathering in club history -- over 100 members and guests joined together for this remarkable event.
Despite being the windiest day of the week with 20 mph winds and gusts from 30-40 mph, we enjoyed a great BBQ meal from our caterer, Town Talk II. Many thanks to all the members and guests who volunteered their time to tape down table coverings, serve food, and quickly clean up before we moved inside for the program.
The gusting wind was an appropriate omen for the evening's exceptional presentation by Ned, AA7A, who recounted his once-in-a-lifetime DXpedition to VP8STI and VP8SGI. Ned and the Intrepid DX Group team survived 100 mph winds and blizzard conditions that threatened life and limb to provide one or two new DXCC countries for many of us.
Thanks, Ned, for sharing your experiences with the club. We are still trying to picture how you squeezed into that one-size-fits-all wetsuit.
From My DX Summit
We are going to try and start a net on the CADXA Repeater at 0200Z on the Thursday nights when the club is not meeting. If you can help out occasionally as the Net Control Station (NCS), please send an email to KY7M and let him know.
May BBQ Recap
We had good representation at the International DX Convention (IDXC) in Visalia over the weekend of April 14-17. As we have for the past 15 years, members of CADXA pitched in to help with organizing and distributing the registration packets. It was also the culmination of the massive responsibility shouldered by Rex, NR6M, to seat over 600 banquet attendees. This year, I had the opportunity to sit with Rex and learn his system as well as occasionally relieving him along with Tom, NQ7R, so Rex could visit the vendors and look in on some of the program sessions. The SCDXC expressed their thanks to Rex for his tireless efforts and told him they would request his services again in 2018. We will be working with the NCDXC in the next few months to determine what support role they want CADXA to perform for next year's IDXC.
Now that the major DXpeditions for the first half of the year have come and gone, the bands are much quieter. The sunspot and SFI numbers have plunged to levels clearly indicating that we are on the downslope of this solar cycle. Don't be shy about calling CQ on a "dead" band. You never know what surprises may await. May is also the peak of the sporadic E season on 6 meters, so get ready for some good openings on the "Magic Band". Personally, I am looking for KL7 to complete my 6m WAS via LOTW and hope we get that elusive opening in the next few weeks.
I have set a goal to get a weekly net going on our rejuvenated 2 meter club repeater (K5VT/R on 147.32+). Thanks go to K8BN and W7USA for updating the equipment. However, we are still looking for an antenna upgrade for better coverage around the Valley. Once that happens, let's see if we can get together on non-meeting Thursday nights at 0200Z to talk about DX. In particular, I am hoping this will enable those folks who cannot attend our monthly meetings to stay better connected with the rest of us. Stay tuned for more information.
Announced DX Operations
Join us on the K5VT repeater to announce and discuss DX.
It is open to all DX enthusiasts.
147.32 MHz (+) no PL tone
Courtesy of The Daily DX™
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